As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July and look forward to the summer to come there are suggested books for us to put on our individual reading lists. There are suggestions for every type of reader, those who want to escape the worries of everyday life with some great fiction. Those who want to come to the end of the summer having learned something new. For students, getting a head start on next years classes by doing some reading in advance and get a head start on the fall semester. So many really good books you have to be selective but where to start.
Here is a great suggestion from MentalFloss, “13 Essential Summer Reads“, from book critics in 1852! The books were recommended reading from the New York Times and they are all available now online. This is another list I couldn’t resist and have started reading through it.
Although the article in MentalFloss makes light of many of the books, I am enjoying them as they give a glimpse of real people and real observations of the time. We can snobbishly feel superior as the article’s author seems to enjoy, or try to place ourselves, relaxing on a front porch in 1852 and try to imagine what it would have been like living in the middle of the 1800’s. “My First Visit To Europe” by Andrew Dickenson gives an entertaining look at what Mr. Dickenson saw and experienced in his travels.
Another list comes from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, yes the legendary basketball player, gives his recommendations for adults who might find Young Adult books interesting. I think he is the former UCLA and LA Lakers star, his by-line in the OC Register has his name misspelled but that is a subject for another post. He points out that 55% of YA titles are bought by people over the age of 18. I am adding a couple of titles that sound promising to my list already. His preview of “Slave Day” and “Au Revoir , Crazy European Chick” have made both books part of my 2014 summer reading.
What’s on your list?